Jamaica has “flown the gate” and we are all free! On April 15, 2022, the last remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Jamaica were allowed to lapse, following an announcement by the Prime Minister in Parliament on March 17 that did away with most of them. Since then, our Government has been “hands off.” We can all … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: Are we done with it now?
BirdLife Jamaica is at it again. For the past two years, since the pandemic started, we have been quiet; having said that, while group trips (we always carpool) have been difficult, we have, as individuals, in ones and twos, been busy doing our birding activities. Our WhatsApp group has remained as busy as ever – … More Jamaicans counting waterbirds (and holding their noses)
It must be good news week, or perhaps the spirit of Christmas in the air. Anyway, our friends at Jamaica Red Cross are gearing up for a fund-raising telethon on Television Jamaica (TVJ). Many communities and families have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and are still struggling – and it’s time to give back. … More Jamaica Red Cross partners with TVJ for telethon to support vulnerable communities
If you recall, there was a lot of disquiet (and a fair amount of annoyance) expressed in social media about the flight from the UK to Jamaica, which was informed mid-air that the Government of Jamaica had now banned flights from the UK, in light of the new variant of COVID-19. I reported on the … More Recent UK Traveller Dies in Hospital
Well, Christmas is over. We tried to make the best of it. Apart from a young man who insisted on riding his noisy motorbike up and down our street, Christmas was also quiet – perhaps because of the 7:00 p.m. curfew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, in some places the illegal parties continued … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 29: The Sam Sharpe Day Edition
Well, many Jamaicans at home are none too pleased with the flight from the UK on Monday, bringing 302 passengers to our shores. A video circulating on social media showed some of the passengers trying to stage some kind of protest on board, when they were told that they would have to go into 48 … More 20 Travelers from UK Test Positive for COVID-19
Here’s an update from the Ministry of Health and Wellness regarding Jamaica’s travel ban on flights from the UK, announced earlier today. Two flights were still scheduled to arrive tomorrow, but these have now been canceled. I think this is a wise move. 302 Travellers from the UK now in State Quarantine KINGSTON, Jamaica. Monday, … More 302 Travellers from the UK now in State Quarantine
Government officials met this morning in light of the new strain of COVID-19 that has emerged in the UK. I believe Grenada was the first Caribbean country to impose this ban, over the weekend, and now we have joined the fast-growing list of countries banning UK travel. Here is the Ministry of Health and Wellness … More Jamaica Issues UK-related Travel Ban
The violent thunderstorms of the previous week diminished, but we are in troubled times, bad weather or no. COVID-19 seems to be overwhelming us all. It’s the main topic of every newscast and almost every discussion on Twitter, WhatsApp, everywhere. Meanwhile, a small asteroid will be passing quite close to Earth soon – read more … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 22, 2020: A Small Asteroid, Yeng Yengs, The Return of Kanye, and Any Further Questions?
I wish I could say that it has been an easy-going, free-flowing week. But far from it. There have been challenges, and there are challenges ahead. Everything has been revolving around politics, the debates, while COVID-19 has kept us all in a state of confusion. Yes, I think confusion is the word; every evening, when … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 1, 2020: The COVID Elections – It Is What It Is